DP Daily Prompt:Fifteen Minutes

I will talk about world peace:

History tells us no one country can rule forever. They are victors today and vanquished tomorrow. These are  the facts of life. We have read about the rise and fall of Empires,such as Mughal,Ottoman,Roman,British and the list goes on.

Our leaders are trying to find solutions to the problems that beset our planet, but so far it’s only a dream and nothing else. If each of us can set aside our selfish motives and work towards a common goal of a peaceful world, we can achieve it. When we think of world peace we forget that our contribution is necessary, but we have used our mouths and not our souls. We can begin by thinking about how are we treating our brothers, neighbors – the answer lies within us.

Philosophers and poets – past and present have written volumes on how we should treat each other. We must ask ourselves, “what is world peace?”.  Some think it is the resolution of conflict, others think the absence of hunger and poverty.  I believe it is a combination of wrongs that must be righted –  if we can work towards social justice in our corner of the world, we can make peace happen in our world.

I am a student of an online course offered by the Iqbal Academy. The course discusses the writings of Iqbal, an Indian philosopher and poet.  Although he did not call himself a poet, he wrote volumes of poetry.  His aim was to have a place on earth,which he called Marghdeen, where the inhabitants would live in peace. There would be no army, no government, no beggars or thieves – it would be an egalitarian world where no conflict was bred from the inherent imbalances of a stratified society.

Here is the beauty of this place: no army means no fighting. No government eliminates the difference of opinion of a handful of people who are at liberty to decide  fate of the citizens,whether they liked it or not.There is no ill-feeling  , where the citizens can live in peace.His ideas if adopted today will help us to know  the direction we must take to achieve our goal.

If we can remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  If we live in harmony with each other,we can have world peace. There will be no reason to build nuclear arms to use against each other.Think of it this way,there are countries who possess them and if they  use these weapons against each other,there will be no world left to have peace.

The World Peace monument in a pond next to a s...

The World Peace monument in a pond next to a statue of the Buddha on a lotus in Swayambhunath temple site, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you for listening.